The photographer and filmmaker Clemens von Wedemeyer has presented his works at the MoMA in New York, the Biennale of Sydney and the documenta, and his films have debuted at prestigious film festivals around the world. The Leipzig Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne have jointly developed a theme-based exhibition entitled “Majorities” which presented Wedemeyer’s latest films and a selection of earlier works. The exhibition created an arc spanning the Monday demonstrations in Leipzig in 1989 to modern depictions of community in digital networks. It reflected on how forms of behaviour are studied, assessed and predicted using algorithms, and what impact this data has on public life. How do people converge into mass movements? And how do images of the masses influence the social behaviour of the individual? On a very political level, the exhibition has focused on how “majorities” form in the age of Big Data.
The exhibition in Leipzig has been supplemented by a publication, educational programme for school children and event series with lectures and discussions. The event programme had a dual focus – on one hand, the peaceful revolution of 1989, and on the other, the political models of participation which are now possible thanks to modern forms of digitalisation.
Project manager: Anna Jehle
Curators: Fanni Fetzer, Anna Jehle, Franziska Zólyom
Participating artists in the accompanying programme: Anna Adahl, Jodi Dean, Heike Geißler, Susanne Lüdemann, Stephan Poppe, Ben Vickers and others
13 July, 2019 to 24 November, 2019: Exhibition
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig